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Astell&Kern A&norma SR25 Review

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.
Review Ratings
9.2 / 10 Reviewer
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Pros
- Neutral sound signature
- Expansive sound stage
- Excellent transparency
- Based on Android 9.0
- Improved battery life and UI
Cons
- Bluetooth 4.2
- No 5 GHz Wi-Fi support
Verdict
Aesthetically, the SR25 does seem more like a facelift of the SR15. Internally, it is much more than that, particularly in the area of sound quality. The SR25 impresses with a faster CPU, a higher resolution display, and is possibly the best sounding DAPs I have experienced at this price point.

It also provides a strong reminder of why DAPs are a better option for listening to music over smartphones.

Without a doubt, Astell&Kern has a winner in the A&norma SR25.
Sound Quality
Design & Build
Value
Functionality & Usability

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Part 1: Introduction, Design & Build
Part 2: Usability
Part 3: Sound Quality
Part 4: Product Specifications
Part 5: Review Ratings, Summary

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6 COMMENTS

    • The SR25 would underpower the HD650; my recommendation is to have the HD650 powered by a desktop DAC/Amplifier or a desktop amplifier. Alternatively, if you prefer something portable, you can try the FiiO M15

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